Archive of 2010 December

23Dec2010
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Online shopping? Pick up a CPD e-course

by Leslie Fausher, SOA e-Learning Manager With the holidays fast approaching, shopping malls are filling with frantic shoppers looking for last-minute deals on everything from ties to the largest-ever High-Definition Television (HDTV). If you’ve selected your friends wisely, you’ll be getting the HDTV. If not, then there’s always the popular option of re-gifting. It’s true what they say: They’ll never know. Savvier shoppers are avoiding long lines, parking lot showdowns and cold temperatures by shopping online. From the comfort of their own home, they are commanding books, toys and electronics to float off the shelves and materialize at their doorsteps – all with a few clicks of a mouse. Pretty powerful stuff. This year, there is another online purchase worth considering that is far more valuable than any gift you’ll receive: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. (more…)

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13Dec2010
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Actuaries Go to Medical School

by Sara Teppema, SOA Staff Fellow, Health It’s complicated. Health care, that is.  Of course all of us know this, and we actuaries who practice in health care observe it every day as we assess health risks and work with health care financial, claims and utilization data. This past November, at the SOA Health Boot Camp, 75 of us went beyond the data to begin to understand the intricate human systems – literally down to the molecular level – that drive health care costs and utilization for two high-cost conditions:  diabetes and asthma.  (more…)

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09Dec2010
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Right Man Walking: Optimizing Early Prisoner Release – A Discussion of the Article in The Actuary

by Nickolas Ortner, FSA My inspiration for the article, “Right Man Walking: Optimizing Early Prisoner Release” in the December/January issue of The Actuary, was the result of recent publicity—starting with news in my current and former home states of Nebraska and Wisconsin, respectively, and realizing that this has also become an issue elsewhere—related to early release programs and seemingly unasked (and so also unanswered) questions related to released prisoners' recidivism and the underlying efficacy of such programs. It struck me as suboptimal in its simplicity—without digging in at the individual risk assessment level, and primarily focused on only the prisoners' most recent history—to release broad groups of "nonviolent offenders within a certain timeframe of their otherwise scheduled parole time." (more…)

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06Dec2010
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Students are listening – what’s your advice?

by Lisamarie Lukas, SOA Director of Communications As you may have read in the December/January issue of The Actuary, our University Outreach program continues to grow and has proven to be a valuable way for us to connect with future members of the profession.  What we’ve learned is that students really appreciate the opportunity to talk with practicing actuaries – and as a result, we always take at least one featured actuary along with us on our visits. Hearing from one or two actuaries is great, but we want to be able to provide an array of insights and perspectives.  So, we’re asking – what advice do you have?  What’s one thing you think we need to make sure to tell students as we travel around the U.S. and Canada? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.   And, on behalf of the students we meet, thanks!

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